Up Close is the fortnightly research, opinion and analysis talk show from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
REBROADCAST #343: Cannabis research: The state of the science in an age of weed liberalization
Psychiatrist and clinical researcher Prof David Castle discusses how cannabis represents both a public health risk and a wide-ranging therapeutic opportunity, as the once “evil weed” gains greater legal acceptance for recreational and medical use. Presented by Eric van Bemmel. Download mp3 (27.3 MB) Listen now Read transcript read more
REBROADCAST #342: Dynamics of scandal: On facilitating, denying and covering up institutional child sex abuse
In this rebroadcast episode, sociologist Prof Chris Greer explores the often murky agendas of organisations, mainstream and social media, and individuals in the facilitation, denial and cover-up of institutional child sex abuse. Presented by Lynne Haultain. Download mp3 (27.9) Listen now Read transcript read more
REBROADCAST #341: Fume with a view: Consumer products and your indoor air quality
In this rebroadcast episode, civil and environmental engineer Prof Anne Steinemann outlines the causes and consequences of poor indoor air quality, and in particular the potentially hazardous fumes generated by home cleaning and personal care products. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath. Download mp3 (24.7 MB) Listen now Read transcript read more
REBROADCAST #334: From pole to pole: New research into treating bipolar disorder
In this rebroadcast episode, research psychiatrist Prof Allan Young discusses bipolar disorder, and examines leading edge research into finding new treatments for this condition. Presented by Sila Genc. Download mp3 (25.7) Listen now Read transcript read more
#406: Treaty fatigue: International law meets the new globalized nationalism
International Court of Justice jurist James Crawford on the diminishing appetite of nation states to join new international agreements or remain in established ones, with troubling implications for formulating and upholding international laws. Presented by Lynne Haultain. Download mp3 (27.6 MB) Listen now Read transcript read more
#405: What are the keys to a successful urban innovation district?
Urban thinker Julie Wagner describes how so-called innovation districts in cities around the world evolve or are planned, and how their reliance on the physical and the local — in even the most high tech of industries — serves to foster creativity and collaboration. Presented by Eric van Bemmel. Download mp3 (37.5 MB) Listen now Read transcript read more
A Great Find with intelligent conversation (for a change!)
Nice to hear some intelligent podcasting from Down Under on topics of interest to people anywhere. I've learned a thing or three from listening.